7 interesting facts about Lily

Lily is a flowering plant that belongs to the family Liliaceae. The Lilium genus, from this family, has 80 species of bulbous plants that are generally hardy and few species require the protection of a greenhouse. In the wild, lilies are found in a broad zone encircling the Northern Hemisphere. The flower of a lily has 6 petals with prominent stamens, which makes this flower really easy to study by the botanists. Flowers are available in different tones of colors from white to dark red, except blue.

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7 things you might not know about lilies:

  1. Some species (Lilium brownii, Lilium pumilum and Lilium dauricum) have edible bulbs.  They are cultivated for food in Asia, specifically in China, Korea and Japan.
  2. We can find many colors of lilies and some of them have different color tones on the same petal. Often we can see some dots in a darker tone than the rest of petal, these dots are called simply `freckles`.
  3. Lilies have different meanings all over the world. The Chinese believe they bring good luck, whilst in the Assyrian civilization, they were considered to be a holy flower. Greeks associates the lily with motherhood and Christians believe this flower to represent chastity and innocence.Lily (5)Lily (3)
  4. There are many kinds of flowers which have been called “lilies” but many of these such as the day-lily, water-lily, and arum-lily, actually belong to other groups of flowering plants.
  5. In history is said that the Greek God Apollo presented the Lily of the Valley to Aesculapius, the great healer. Today, a number of lily species have health beneficial properties, and certain species contain compounds that are used in medicine. These medicines treat depression, heart disease, angina and anxiety. Additionally, many parts of the world use them to treat a variety of other illnesses, usually in the form of an essential oils or balms. Beauty-wise, certain extracts from the lily can brighten the skin and reduce scars.
  6. Lilies have an extremely long vase life, this can be increased even further by removing the pollen found in the flower. Those who choose to display the lily in their office or homes should embrace this tip.
  7. This plant is highly toxic for some animals. Even small amount of pollen can induce poisoning and can be deadly, especially for cats.

Lily (2)Lily (1)If you want to find out more information or see more pictures, there is another article on my blog about the lilies. Check this link and use the translation button from the right corner of the page: Fleur de lisWatermark in Full Color

Source: Encyclopedia of Garden plants and Flowers by Richard C. & co.


Rainy day of Spring

Hello friends! This Spring was very rainy, but the tulips are blooming anyway. You know how much I love tulips and of course, I had to make some photos before they lose all the petals. Despite the rainy weather, I took a walk in the botanical garden to admire them and make some pictures. If you want to find out more about the tulips, I invite you to read my article `The tulip garden`, or if you want to see more picture visit `the tulip collection`.

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Povestea trandafirului fara petale-The Green Rose

Cea mai romantica floare cu cele mai frumoase si diverse culori, adorata timp de sute de ani si oferita in dar ca simbol al dragostei, trandafirul, poate fi uimitor chiar si fara petale. Este greu de crezut, dar si mai greu de observat. In frunzisul verde al trandafirilor din gradinile colectionarilor, se ascund „florile” verzi ale trandafirului fara petale. DSC_0074Trandafirul verde (Rosa chinensis `viridiflora`) este cultivat din 1743, insa abia in 1856 a fost popularizat de catre firma britanica Bembridge and Harrison. De atunci il intalnim in gradini botanice sau colectii private. Desi este eclipsat de frumusetea florilor din jur si foarte greu de observat uneori, acest trandafir este admirat de catre cunoscatorii care stiu ca nu este usor de intretinut si cultivat.DSC_0075Datorita unor mutatii genetice, trandafirul verde nu formeaza petale, „floarea” acestuia este defapt o suprapunere a sepalelor (frunzulite mici,verzi). Pentru ca planta nu are o floare propriu-zisa, nu va forma nici seminte, in concluzie nu se poate inmulti singura. Inmultirea si cultivarea trandafirului se datoreaza in intregime pasiunii gradinarilor care depun efort sa mentina in viata si sa inmulteasca un trandafir care nu doar ca nu are flori, dar s-ar putea sa fie intru totul neobservat printre celelalte plante. Totusi dragostea pentru acest trandafir se pare ca a fost mare, avand in vedere ca a supravietuit inca din anii 1800.DSC_0069Trandafirul verde este un descendent al varietatii „Old Blush”, specia Rosa chinensis (trandafir chinezesc). Desi se inmulteste greu, odata ce am obtinut o planta este usor de intretinut, fiind rezistent la frig si boli. Daca iernile nu sunt geroase, acesta nu isi pierde frunzele aproape niciodata. In concluzie, aceasta planta este plina de contraste. Nu infrumuseteaza gradina cu flori colorate, nu are un parfum deosebit, totusi este cultivat de 200 de ani. Cel mai probabil valoarea sentimentala este mult mai mare in cazul acestor flori, fie pentru ca au fost primite in dar, fie pentru simpla pasiune de a tine in viata o planta simpla si deosebita in acelasi timp.DSC_0067„Un trandafir rosu nu este egoist doar pentru ca vrea sa fie el trandafir rosu. Ar fi egoist daca ar dori ca toate florile din gradina sa fie rosii si toate sa fie trandafiri. – Oscar WildeDSC_0065Adela Teban

Mackaya bella

[RO] Mackaya bella este un arbust ornamental, sempervirescent, originar din Africa de Sud. Face parte din familia Acanthaceae si este o specie endemica pentru Africa de Sud, dar creste si in alte regiuni cu climat tropical. Genul Mackaya a fost numit dupa James Townsend Mackay, autorul cartii `Flora Hibernica`. Mackaya bella este singura specie a acestui gen.
[EN] Mackaya bella is known as forest bell bush. Is a common plant from South Africa where is an endemic species. It is a part of the family Acanthaceae and represents an ornament evergreen shrub. The genus Mackaya was named after James Townsend Mackay, author of Flora Hibernica. There is only one species in this genus. Beautiful flower can be seen on botanical garden „Alexandru Borza” from Cluj, Romania.

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